H&M have just announced that Versace are set to design two women’s, men’s and home collections for the fast fashion chain. The news set the fashionable Twitter world buzzing as the news broke just now.
“I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching their wide audience. The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere,” says Donatella Versace said in a release.
The Versace for H&M collection will take inspiration from the Italian fashion house’s heritage and include the brand’s signatures of prints, colour, leather and other exclusive materials at H&M prices – well a little marked up from usual H&M prices.
According to the release:
- The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that fit right in with the spirit of the season, featuring studded leather and colourful prints, with accessories including high heels and costume jewellery.
- The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewellery for men too.
- For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M the collection will consist of some homeware pieces, including cushions and a bedspread.
“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times, and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the party season,” says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.
We suspect that Donatella has been going through the Versace archives for a few weeks now, with Lady Gaga being wearing several vintage Versace pieces as she tours Europe.
The first Versace for H&M collection will be the Autumn 2011 collection set to drop on November 17, 2011, while a pre-spring collection will drop in countries with H&M online sales on January 19th, 2012.
We can’t wait to see what Donatella has in store for us – we love the black sandals on the model above – and if previous collaborations with the likes of Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld and Jimmy Choo are anything to go by, there will be lines around the block for this one.